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Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling Celebration Cupcakes

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As you all know, I am planning an Election Night Party for tomorrow night. I planned my menu last week but as always, I keep mulling ideas over and through my mind. Playing with a number of different ideas. As far as dessert goes, my plan was to have my yummy, absolutely delicious and oh-so-very Easy Blueberry Cobbler. But the thing is, I seem to have this theme of breaking the glass ceiling continuing to roll through my mind. What can I do to commemorate the history – that I am hoping – is going to happen tomorrow?

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling Celebration Cupcakes

Breaking the Glass Ceiling Celebration Cupcakes
Excuse the squished frosting! Oops!

As I said last week, when I was a young girl I had the dream of growing up to be the President. Along with the dream of being a rock star, an astronaut, and a movie legend. As you can see, I always dreamed big. Tomorrow can be the ultimate glass ceiling being broken for women in the United States. Blueberry Cobbler while delicious just doesn’t seem BIG enough for this moment.

Instead I decided to try making “glass” candy and topping some scrumptious chocolate cupcakes with “shards of broken glass”.  This along with some crisp and bubbly champagne will be more in line with the theme of a BIG celebration.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling Celebration Cupcakes

Making the candy glass was easy! It did take me longer than I thought to get the sugar boiling to 300 degrees. But all I really had to do was combine four ingredients into a sauce pan and stir until it reached a hard boil, or 300 degrees as measured on a candy thermometer. I bought the cupcakes. I could make some – but my gathering is small, and I really do not want leftover cupcakes. And besides – the bakery has some very decadent dark chocolate cupcakes. Yum!

I love the way they turned out! What do you think?


And here is how you make the candy glass. Just know that it takes a long time – 20 – 30 minutes or so for the mixture to get to 300 degrees. This is the hard crack stage. It is an easy recipe but it does take patience. In fact mine was probably more about 290 degrees because it was more of a soft crack stage. The candy cracked just fine, but you can bend it a bit.

Glass Candy Recipe


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Combine all ingredients into a medium saucepan
  2. Bring to Boil over high heat, stirring constantly      Making Candy Glass
  3. Using a candy thermometer – boil mixture until it comes to a hard boil and reaches 300 degrees on the candy thermometer.
  4. Carefully pour mixture into a cookie sheet with sides. Making Candy GlassMaking Candy Glass
  5. Allow to harden and then break with a meat mallet or crack it with a large fork like I did.  Making Candy Glass

I then simply stuck a few broken pieces of “glass” into the top of my cupcakes. So easy and fun!

Top some cupcakes with the candy and you then have Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling Celebration Cupcakes!



(4) Comments

  1. I saw these on election night and thought they were so perfect. I came over to your blog again to now to look for your 25 days of giving post because… we’ve got to do something positive. Thank you for sharing this, I was so hoping we would need these.

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Kimberly. Yep, I had them ready to go. They did serve a purpose the day after – sadness eating 🙁 You are so right – we need to find positive ways to make a difference and help our country heal from the divisiveness that we are seeing everywhere. I stand on the side of love.

  2. Julie says:

    Those look awesome! What a perfect tribute to Secretary Clinton! Here’s to being able to call her Madame President!

    1. Stacey says:

      I sure am hoping that we will be popping the champagne!

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